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July 22nd, 2014

Gray’s Butte Posted at a rest stop on Highway 395, pretty fabulous! The tiny specks are birds! Lake Abert This awesome side car was made by its owner. How cool is that?! He and his wife were traveling with another couple from Iowa for eighteen days around the West, and seemd to be having the […]

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July 21st, 2014

Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Macro Photography, Photography Tagged: beauty, evocative, Flower, gardening, macro, peach, Photography, rose, SwittersB

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Baker City: What a gem of a town, with an abundance of fine architecture under baby blue skies. We breakfasted at the Lone Pine. It felt like it was plucked out of Portland, with finely executed, yet simple fare, and impeccable service with a dazzling smile. A hush of Stevie Wonder singing on the hi-fi […]

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July 20th, 2014

It’s been a bumpy road often down dead ends, potholes and ditches causing many a delay and aches. A roadmap, a guidebook are meant to help, but the wanderlust, the beckoning  distracts from the joys meant to be. Wanderlost ~ SwittersB Filed under: Life, Nature, Photography Tagged: Cascades, journey, Life, love, Photo

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I was never too enamored with Floribunda Roses. Less tidy, too unkempt, too something that just fell short of the tight, crisp beauty of the Hybrid Tea Roses. But, of late, I rescued a few Floribundas, not knowing their genetics, so to speak, when I took them. And, I have to say, they are growing […]

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One of the enjoyable subsets of fly fishing is fly tying. Learning to tie and fish your own creations…and that attract fish. There are, it seems, a gazillion fly patterns out there. Really there are a few hundred patterns and many derivations of a single pattern. It is part of the exploratory/creative process of fly [

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Sunday's Television Critics Association presentations begin with the Fox network chairman and CEO sharing some thoughts about such shows as "American Idol," "Bones" and "24," and a panel about the much-anticipated "Gotham," which tells the origin stories of such DC Comics villains as

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And so it begins… Breakfast in Pendleton: Home of the Round-Up Cabbage Hill View Point Wallowa Kombucha break in Lostine Gazing upon the Wallowas Toward Hell’s Canyon Zumwalt Prairie: Some fourteen miles of winding gravel wound us in and around one of the largest intact bunch grass prairies in the world. Vast, m

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‘Dear Boys…May I make your girlfriend scream louder than you ever will? Signed Spider’ ~ Filed under: Nature, Photography Tagged: Humor, Nature, Photography, Spiders, SwittersB, Tony Muncy, web

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Photos from the second day of PDX Pop Now!, with the Resistance, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Rio Grands and more.

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Hillsboro professional theater company Bag&Baggage Productions threw its annual gala at Oakwood Gardens for the first time Saturday, July 19. Here are five things artistic director Scott Palmer thinks people should know about Bag&Baggage.

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Hillsboro professional theater company Bag&Baggage Productions threw its annual gala at Oakwood Gardens for the first time Saturday, July 19. Guests included neighbors, actors and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

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Which of the late James Garner's roles is your favorite? Vote in our poll, or leave comments about your memories of watching Garner at work in TV and movies.

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Portland's Pittock Mansion marked its 100th anniversary this year. Over the next year, enjoy a special behind-the-ropes visual tour of this historic residence, inspecting, one at a time, each of the 23 public rooms (and maybe even some not-so-public spaces)....

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The 2014 TCA Awards honored Matthew McConaughey and "True Detective," "Breaking Bad" as Program of the Year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Veep," and "Orange is the New Black,"

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Misery Ridge Trail takes you up and over the top, with a good look at Monkey Face along the way. From the parking lot, drop to cross the footbridge over the Crooked River, then climb the wall (by trail) that you've been staring at.

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Garner was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, police said.

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Oregon is considering restricting Medicaid reimbursement for hepatitis C drug Sovaldi treatments because of the predatory pricing established by Gilead Pharmaceuticals which puts the price of a single pill at $1,000 or about $84,000 for a patient on a standard, 12-week treatment schedule.

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July 19th, 2014

Hundreds showed up to celebrate the authentic Scottish traditions and culture with music, dancing and eye-catching heavy athletic competitions at the 62nd Annual Portland Highland Games, Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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On the 2014 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance Winery Tour through Washington and Yamhill counties, Mike Spicer, 48, and a handful of other drivers take their cars off their trailers and travel to Abbey Road Farm in Carlton.

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"Good for you," coos someone to a Norfolk Terrier, standing in line with other winners to get its official photograph taken. Praise and primping go hand in hand at this weekend's Portland Kennel Club Dog Show at the Portland Expo Center. If you...

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You have to buy a "Discover Pass" ($30/year, $10/day) to visit many of the parks in Washington state. One of the big draws - and greatest source of complaints - is Cape Disappointment, near Astoria, Oregon. But buying those required...

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Howdy from a spectacular vacation picnic! The hubster and I took a most fabulous and restorative road trip around Oregon, twelve days and thousands of miles to nearly every place we’ve had an itch to visit these past sixteen years. Oregon is home. The word resonates even more now. I’m currently sorting through p

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In happier news, we present the world's cutest breed of sheep.

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The weekend's TV choices include the Season 2 debut of "Cedar Cove"; a History Channel airing of Errol Morris' acclaimed documentary interview with Donald Rumsfeld, "The Unknown Known"; Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields in the Hallmark Channel's "For Better or For Worse"; and the debut of a new dyst

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In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Moda wants a huge increase (hey, they've gotta pay for plastering their name all over the Rose Garden somehow). In an odd twist, however, Providence is looking to drop their premiums...

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The European Union forces identical rules upon all member nations, often to ridiculous extremes. In their latest round of idiocy, the European Court of Justice has decreed that being fat is a disability, and employers will be required to provide...

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What a pleasant-looking young man. Well, he was before a Daytona Beach father walked in and found him molesting the guy's 11 year-old boy. Then things got kind of ugly. Oh, no, he's not dead; he just wishes he was....

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Oddly, Pooty-Poot now thinks it'd be a pretty good idea of those folks over in Ukraine put together a cease-fire agreement. He didn't care so much before, but being that pretty much everybody's mad at him, it couldn't hurt. Besides,...

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Before the campaign ends, Travel Oregon is conducting a poll, with prizes, through its Facebook site (facebook.com/traveloregon) about what is the No. 1 travelers' favorite Wonder of Oregon.

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At the digital kitchen table, we take a look at the week's top dining and cooking stories that you may have missed.

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"This place is magical." The place was Horning's Hideout, a private park outside of North Plains and the site of the 13th annual Northwest String Summit, a bluegrass festival.

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RAC chills by the pool in the Portland producer's "Cheap Sunglasses" video.

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July 18th, 2014

Portland native Barbara Niven has had a busy career as an actress, including her role on the Hallmark Channel series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," which begins its second season Saturday, July 19. Niven also writes books, does media and video marketing training and is a motivational speaker.

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Scheduled to perform are the Sam Bush Band, the Infamous Stringdusters and the headlining Yonder Mountain String Band, among others.

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Dogs on Parade at Hillsboro's Tuesday Marketplace raises money for the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. The event includes a costume contest and canine quizzes.

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International Association of Fire Fighters and AARP have filed briefs in support of public retirees in the ongoing dispute over the cutting of cost-of-living adjustments for current retirees; a case now before Oregon Supreme Court. The AARP and the International...

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GUEST: MARK THE BRIT, No To The Penis Party, Jeff, The Moron Brothers, Mark The Brit, Americanisms In A British Accent, BIKE GALLERY, Mark Pays Up The Bet, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, METRO PCS

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Members of the Congregation of Perpetual Outrage now suggest that having a barbecue in a park is anti-social behavior. Some people don't like the smell of searing flesh, while others object to the smoke. So for some of these folks,...

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GUEST: T.J. MILLER, T.J. is amazing number one.  Also, he stops by to talk about his career, fame, comedy, Helium Comedy Club, Cashing In and so many other things.  By far one of our favorite interviews ever!

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In their latest edition of their quarterly magazine, Al Quaeda suggests targeting the upcoming U.S. Open tournament venue in Queens with car bombs, complete with instructions for building the devices. Speaking at a counterterror briefing for both civilian and law...

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That, at least, is the latest excuse from the band of terrorists who used a SAM to take MV17 out of the sky. Footage shot and uploaded yesterday by Andrew Andreysky shows falling debris in the aftermath of the attack....

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Viper plant! At Chrysler Conner Ave Assembly Plant Curious what this is about? This blog post was automatically created by IFTTT due to me posting a photo while checking in on Foursquare via my phone.

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From a comic diary to a collection of essays on culture and belonging, the most recent published works by WordPress.com authors are great additions to your bookshelf.

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Created using 3D scans of the actual prop used on the original Star Trek series, this phaser remote control will be officially revealed at ThinkGeek’s San Diego Comic Con booth next week. The learning remote will control of IR-based devices using up to 36 stored commands. The device relies solely on motion gestures fo

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July 17th, 2014

On Friday, August 1, 2014 Gallery 1988 will host Joey Spiotto’s first gallery show. The show will include 50 all new pieces inspired by some of the artist’s favorite Movies, Music, Video Games, and TV shows done in the style of the “Little Golden Books” that we all know and love from our childhood.

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Marvel is proud to announce the release of Superior Iron Man #1 by series writer Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and series artist Yildiray Çinar (Supergirl). Beginning in November 2014, Tony Stark will give into his ego and return to his billionaire playboy roots of self-obsession and superficiality. Senior Editor M

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The next steps in the process of locating a new Multnomah County courthouse were approved by board commissioners on Thursday.

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Well, the briefs are all in, and the Portland "Arts" tax is on the docket to be decided by a panel of judges at Oregon Court of Appeals: Wittemyer v. City of Portland, docket no. A154844. It seems reasonable to...

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Slow Back Away, Greg Is A Jerk, Cub Cleaners, How Much, World Of Crazy, Romanian, Fake TSA, McDonalds Wedding, Breast Pump Thief, BIKE GALLERY SHOW ON THE GO, METRO PCS, Orlando Predators, LeBron, ASYLUM

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